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All the holes are patched and my thumb is blocking a leak Posted 17 Apr 2018

Been a while since I checked in. We've been busy patching up holes on the site, and now it appears we're fully fixed. You're welcome to report any bugs we missed though, as one ER recently did and helped a ton! I had no idea there was an issue! I keep saying "we" but really I have Eric Millington to thank for his IT wizardry. That guy is amazing.

It has been insane since I got back from my trip to Japan last month. I've got a bunch of release slated for this year. Two are coming out next week! My band Punker In The Headlights, and one from Skapeche Mode guitarist Dave Parris.

Anyway gonna go have lunch with Ef By Stereo and give him some shirts I printed for him last night. Just wanted to pop my head in and say hey. I added a bunch to the store and still have a lot more. TTYS!

Bloop bleep blip bloop! Posted 27 Dec 2017

Aaaand the shop is connected to the outside world! Wooo! Having a little connectivity might seem like some everyday mundane shizzle, but for me it's the chance to finally be centralized. You don't even know. Up until this moment, I have been running between my shop and my apartment, collecting deliveries, making art, printing film, fulfilling orders, doing inventory... back and forth, back and forth, back and forth... gets tiring, man! All that running back and forth. All of a sudden I can do everything from one spot, and it's beautiful.

I love being at Kinky HQ. I can have the shittiest, most soul crushing day at the day job. Getting bitched out by jerks. My energy is drained, my outlook is negative. But something about KKHQ gives me new life. It's my own little universe. Even if I tell myself, nah, not today. Not gonna do shop stuff today. I need a night off. If I dare set foot in here, I immediately find a new groove and am amped up and can't wait to complete my next job. I really love everything I do here. Packaging up orders. Finding new rad stuff to peddle. Making shirts for you people is a thrill. Doing that last squeegee pull and boxing up the order gives me great satisfaction. I don't care how nerdy I sound. This is my dream. And watching it take shape day after day is pretty incredible. Like, I can't believe I'm allowed to do this.

I don't know why I waited so long. Fear? Uncertainty? I mean I still have all those things, but it's more like the feeling when you're about to jump out an airplane for your first free-fall than an immobilizing nightmare. Not that I've ever done the parachuting thing, but after this, maybe I will, mama. Maybe I will.

Anyway, this post is super rambley, just like my other one. I'm like a kid at Disneyland. I wanna go on all the rides and notice all the little details! EAT ALL THE CANDY!!!! This is the first time I've fired up the computer in the shop and saw everything worked. What a thrill! Believe it or not, I can't wait to dive into all the boring business stuff that makes a business elevate beyond hobby or lip service. This is it. Let's do this!

I gotta go coat some screens now so I can print limited edition Radioactive Chickenheads shirts tomorrow and some fish shirts for my neighbors. I gotta write to Pixelheap to help me give this Web site some more interactive features, like giving you the ability to share this dumb post on FB!! hahaha (YOU KNOW YOU WANNA!)

I gotta do so many things and I can't wait to do them all!! YESSSSS!!!


xo,

Kebin Kontrol

Welcome to Kinky Kontrol HQ! Posted 10 Dec 2017

Welcome to Kinky Kontrol HQ! We're finally open. I can't believe it!

Here's some things you might be wondering.

What is a Kinky Kontrol? Well, currently that can be answered in (at least) four ways.

  • Kinky Kontrol is a label. Current roster includes bands like Skapeche Mode; The Goodwin Club; Codename:Rocky; Mash Cucumber (Japan); One Eye Open; Panda, No Panda; Punker In The Headlights
  • Kinky Kontrol is a gift shop. We specialize in odd and unusual gifts. We're inspired by underground music, b-movies, old robots, pin-ups, punk rock, ska, hip hop, reggae, and outsider music. Maybe you can find something special for that someone with unusual taste who is impossible to shop for here.
  • Kinky Kontrol is a merch house. Does your band need t-shirts printed or custom pins? We can help you with that!
  • Kinky Kontrol is an entertainment hub and content creator. We produce music videos, comedy bits, reviews, interviews, live feed broadcasts and more. This is the most recent addition to the Kinky Kontrol universe. Stand by while we sweep up the dust and get some viewables ready for your eyes.

Where did Kinky Kontrol come from?

Kinky Kontrol has been floating around as a loosely functioning business since about 2007, when your narrator, Kebin, henceforth referred to in the first person "I," was living and playing music in Osaka, Japan with a band called Panda, No Panda. The Kinky in Kinky Kontrol was named primarily after the region where I resided: Kinki. But it's also Kinky because I like to keep things weird. And the "K" in Kontrol comes from my love of Korg controllers. But it's also Kontrol because I intend to hold it down no matter where I set my tent poles.

At the time of its conceptualization, Panda's main beat maker Shingo Asari (also known for his remixes for The Vandals and other Kung Fu Records acts) decided to leave the band and focus on his family.

Up until then, my main function in the band was on vocals, songwriting and lyrics. When Shingo left, I had to make a choice: give up or figure it out. Now if you know me personally, you'll probably know that very rarely does giving up enter my thought process. So I decided it was time to figure out how to make beats for Panda, No Panda! From scratch. Without very little knowledge or experience with sequencing in my pocket to work with. I got myself a copy of Ableton Live, an audio interface and mic, and a midi controller and started figuring shit out. Reading blogs, watching YouTube videos, trial and error, making trash and making mistakes... Eventually I had it down to the point where I could do it on my own. Well, with the help, in this case, of my hilarious best friend Dabey to keep the shows light, lively, and a little bit dangerous.

Once set, we toured all over the world together, from Singapore to the Philippines and the States as well, not to mention all across Japan. Along the way, we met some characters that I wanted to work with, and I produced and put out an EP for a pair of fembot-aliens called Mash Cucumber.

When I returned to Los Angeles in 2010, I started Skapeche Mode and later joined Ed Kampwirth's (Suburban Rhythm) brain child Punker In The Headlights, while working for the family construction business. I wanted more creativity and independence in my life, so I decided to take Kinky Kontrol from carpet-bagging bedroom record label to the next level and go legit. I filed my paperwork. I opened a shop in south LA. I got a business loan. Tami from The Goodwin Club came in and painted a bitchin' mural of my hero Mr. T on my wall that makes me happy every time I set foot in the shop top work. And here we are, still trying to process everything while pressing forward in reckless but inspired and progressive fashion.


It's December 2017 and the shop is just barely getting its act together. Currently you can purchase releases from our catalog, buy some of my original shirt designs and collaborations with rad artists, get some t-shirts and/or pins screen printed by me for your band, and watch this thing slowly grow. It's a venture that's quite exciting for me. Something I've always dreamed of doing, and welp, here we are. I'll fully admit to having no idea what I'm doing half the time, but that's pretty much how I've always done anything. I get an idea, know what I want in some fuzzy form, and then dive in and try and figure it out along the way.

I appreciate you coming to visit our humble abode. Please come back again soon, as tides have been shifting quickly and steadily. The to-do list is five miles long and it's chipped away at every single day. Seems like the more there is to do, the more ideas I get, and that gets added to the list too.

Thank you for reading.

xoxo ,

Kebin

Kinky Kontrol Founder, Owner, Dreamer

TL;DR:

  • Welcome to Kinky Kontrol
  • We are a record label, we make merch, and sell gifts and make videos
  • This company concept began in the early 2000s when Kebin lived in Japan
  • We're finally going legit in 2017
  • Come back again soon

Grand Opening Free Shipping Code! Posted 09 Dec 2017

Thank you for visiting Kinky Kontrol on our happy and proud roll out! In celebration of our first month, we're offering free shipping on your first order with this discount code:

HELLOKINKY

Type it in at checkout and get anything you want in the shop, and we'll pay the freight. Hurry though. It expires after the new year. Spread the word and let us know what you think of the new site!

Cheers,

KK